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Thursday, March 4, 2021


Since its founding in 1998, WestHost has been providing simple yet comprehensive web hosting solutions to all sorts of businesses, helping them “leave their mark in the digital world.” With more than two decades of experience, data centers all over the world and a goal to remain pocket-friendly, it is hardly surprising that they have registered over one million domains so far.

As the name suggests, WestHost’s main office is situated in the West (obviously). It is situated in Providence (the USA), to be more precise. Their data centers are equipped with tier- 3 technology and deployed in a disaster-safe zone near Salt Lake City (the USA), while others are scattered across seven global locations, some of them being the UK, Canada, Brazil and India.

Upon reaching WestHost’s main website we were struck with an eerie feeling we’ve seen all this before and then it dawned upon us. Since both hosts are under the wing of UK2 group (company from the UK) WestHost’s website is almost indistinguishable from Midphase’s site (as well as the one from the UK2 itself) and we are sure the similarities are beyond skin-deep.

Although the layout is a bit different, WestHost’s official blog is much like the one found with its counterparts, which is (actually) a compliment. It isn’t overflowing with articles, but those which are there cover some of the most important issues related to hosting, especially for newcomers (what hosting package to choose, how to protect your site, does SSL affect website’s traffic and so on).

WestHost is supposed to be present on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, but the first two accounts seem rather neglected and the Google+ one is actually unavailable and has been in that state since 2019.

All in all, WestHost’s main website, although far from the most visually lackluster websites we’ve seen, would greatly benefit from being polished up a bit.


WestHost's hosting plans start out cheap but then increase significantly the start-up period (Image credit: WestHost)

Plans and pricing

WestHost’s hosting plans are presented in a clear way in which they are easy to compare and contrast with each other. There are plenty of them to choose from for each provided type: shared hosting, email hosting, WordPress-optimized hosting, managed VPS and dedicated servers.

The starter shared hosting plan will cost you mere $1.99 per month, however, after the initial  one year the price will rise up to $8.00, which is (evidently) four times more than originally asked for. This plan comes with a number of limited features: ability to host one website, 50GB of disk space, 1000GB of bandwidth and one database. Refusing to spice up the deal even further, this plan comes without free domain registration or an SSL certificate, which is not particularly encouraging to the first-time users. To acquire an SSL (which is a must-have today), you’ll have to go for the “Business” package, which is the most expensive one out of the three.

For shared hosting plans, WestHost provides its users with a usual 30-day money-back guarantee (which, predictably, excludes domain names), so you can try them out without the need to worry. 

As expected, available methods of payment are all major credit cards plus PayPal.

Ease of use

As it usually is with the companies that are part of the UK2 group, all hosting plans are introduced in a straightforward fashion, ensuring that the decision making process remains a piece of cake. After going for a plan, you’ll be required to select a billing cycle, which can go on monthly, annual or biannual basis. It almost goes without saying, the longer the cycle, the lower the cost. We must add that we are always glad to see a monthly billing option, since it is not always available, despite the fact that it may appeal to the first-time users.

On the same page you can include a couple of add-ons for an extra cash, one of which (SiteLock, to be precise) requires to be purchased for a year at a minimum. The next step is to solve a domain name problem, and you can either register a new one (for free if you didn’t opt for the cheapest package) or use the one you already have. If you are registering a new domain, you’ll surely notice that there are many of them on the offer, some on sale, but all with a complete DNS control.


You can manage your WestHost site using the industry standard cPanel (Image credit: cPanel)

During the third step, if you are a new customer (as you probably are), you’ll be asked to provide your name (or the name of your company), your e-mail and the country of residence. That is all and it is pleasantly uncomplicated. After you make your payment, the account should be set up within 24 hours and ready-and-willing. WestHost’s user interface is easy-to-use and comes with a fully integrated industry leading Linux-based cPanel, which is always a good thing to see. With this one-click installer and a website builder (with hundreds of rather good-looking templates) your website should be up and running in no time.


We used GTmetrix to measure the uptime and response time of our WestHost site (Image credit: GTmetrix)

Speed and experience

WestHost describes its network of data centers as “powerful” but cleverly avoids any promises with regard to its speed performance. With a good reason, it appears, since the results we got after testing the speed of WestHost’s main website (as provided by GTmetrix) were a bit underwhelming. The load time was above the average (5.2 seconds in comparison to the average result of 8.1), but most of the core metrics were just around average, some above and others below. This is not a bad performance per se, but it can’t be described as a stellar one either. With GTmetrix rating the site’s performance with a C (75%) we reckon that the “average” is the most suitable word.

Interestingly, WestHost offers no uptime guarantee, which doesn’t instill much trust in reliability of their services. However, after monitoring the uptime of their main site for one month (as enabled by UptimeRobot), we were presented with 100% of uptime. The only recorded instance of downtime lasted for 13 minutes before the issue was solved, which looks pretty promising, especially since our expectations weren’t too high.


WestHost has a searchable knowledgebase where you can find answers to common questions (Image credit: WestHost)


There are quite a few ways to get in touch with WestHost’s support team and they are (like they say) just a click away. The live chat is open 24/7 if you need immediate help. If not, there is an option to submit a ticket or try to reach them via one of several email addresses, each corresponding to a specific department. In addition, there are two telephone numbers: one is international and another is reserved for the UK citizens and is toll-free.

Reading through reviews on different customer platforms (most notably on Trustpilot) left us somewhat skeptical when it came to the quality of WestHost’s customer support. The most common complaint was related to the time it took the agents to respond to some relatively complex issues the customer had, which was (according to one user) a total of 18 days. Although our own experience with WestHost gave us no cause for complaint, we did, admittedly, ask a few rather simple questions, while these dissatisfied users needed technical assistance which they didn’t get fast enough.

Fortunately, since WestHost’s website is fully equipped with self-help options, users who want to find solutions on their own (or those still waiting for a response from the WestHost’s support team) can browse FAQ section, guides for newcomers, knowledgebase and their official blog.

The competition

Bluehost and WestHost are US-based companies that share certain commonalities with regard to price and features, and both are likely to drop a bombshell with price spikes after the promotional period. Both are equally beginner-friendly and   will probably appeal to those new in the trade, especially since the standard 30-day money-back guarantee (which both hosts provide) ensures that no one should feel double-crossed at the end of the day.

Midphase is a younger child of the same parent company (as WestHost) that offers a full list of hosting-related services, data centers in both the US and the UK and everything at affordable prices. Although both hosts are highly skilled, customers from the UK might find Midphase’s data centers more convenient and all users are likely to appreciate its customer service, since most reviews described it as “prompt and painless”, which (at least occasionally) isn’t the case with WestHost.

Like WestHost, HostGator is a popular hosting company from the USA with years of experience under its belt and more than a couple of attractive features. Although both hosts cultivate a beginner-friendly attitude, HostGator goes a step further and provides a free domain registration, SSL certificate and a website builder even with the entry-level plan (which starts at mere $2.75 per month).

To those who are looking for a pocket-friendly shared hosting plan to fire up their websites, both Hostinger and WestHost may appear like a good choice and (to some extent) they really are. However, after taking pricing, features, performance and customer support into the account, Hostinger is the one that will carry the day in every respect.

Final verdict

Much like its sister companies, WestHost has been providing all kinds of customers with well-thought-out hosting solutions for more than two decades, which is a testament to the quality of its products. Although WestHost has an abundance of strong points, customer service is not one of them. Hence, if you’re used to finding solutions on your own, check out WestHost, since its do-it-yourself section has much to offer. However, if you would prefer customer support you can rely on (and practically everything else WestHost can supply), consider Hostgator and Bluehost as a starter home for your website.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

The Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones are incredibly consistent with previous models like the Sony WH-1000XM2 and Sony MDR-1000X. To wit, they’re a dominant pair of noise-cancelling headphones that can beat out anything Bose has with both arms behind its back. 

That’s because, while Bose has done a tremendous job working out its  noise cancellation algorithm over the years, Sony has spent that time perfecting audio playback while simultaneously creating an adaptability algorithm that doesn’t just create a single sterile sound barrier, but multiple kinds that can adapt to whatever situation you’re in. 

That excellent combination seen in the XM2s, compounded with subtle tweaks like a more comfortable pad along the bridge of these wireless headphones, lighter design and a comparable price, made these Sony headphones the king of noise cancellation and the best headphones of 2020 (and 2019, and 2018) – until the Sony WH-1000XM4 swooped in to take the crown.

As such, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are the very best headphones you can buy today. They come with a slew of improvements, including multipoint pairing, DSEE Extreme upscaling, conversational awareness and auto-play/pause using a built-in sensor. 

That's not to say that you shouldn't consider the XM3s – they're still a fantastic pair of headphones, and now that the XM4s are here, they're often discounted, making them a more budget-friendly option.

[Update: We've been hearing reports of the Sony WF-1000XM4, the next wireless earbuds that are rumored to succeed the WF-1000XM3.]

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

Image credit: TechRadar

Sony WH-1000XM3 price and release date

  • $349 / £300 / AU$499 at launched
  • Discounts are available often
  • Released in August 2018

Following in the footsteps of two previous 1000X models, the Sony WH-1000Xm3 were the company's flagship headphones before the XM4 came onto the scene. They're feature-rich, as noted in the section above, and will sound like a premium pair of headphones should. 

That said, because they have so many features, they’re going to be a bit more expensive than your average non-noise cancelling headphones: $349 / £300 / AU$499. That being said, they're often discounted these days, often available for around $240 / £240 / AU$320.

As for release date, the Sony WH-1000XM3 were announced at IFA 2018 went on sale in August 2018.


  • Lighter than predecessors
  • New padding along bridge
  • USB Type-C port to charge
  • Uses divisive touch controls

Arguably the biggest changes to the 1000X are found in the design of the headphones: they’re lighter than the previous model and more form-fitting as well. 

Weight-wise, the headphones shed about 1 ounce (22 grams) off their predecessors' design. That might not seem like a big deal, but considering you’ll be wearing these for an extended period of time like, say, a transcontinental flight, every ounce helps. 

The other design change is the new flush fit that changes out the old padding on the bridge for something a bit more cushiony. This makes the headphones more comfortable but also significantly less dorky when they’re on your head. Sony’s also deepened the earcup and changed out the silver accents on the side of the headphones for a copper tone instead. 

Finally, the last change Sony made is swapping out the microUSB port on the right earcup for a USB Type-C that could either reduce or increase the amount of cables you need to carry around with you depending on which other gadgets you carry around in your bag.

Outside of the minor tweaks, these are still relatively minimalist headphones – which really appeals to the business-class customer Sony is targeting. 

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

Image credit: TechRadar

The 1000XM3 comes in only two colors – an all-black or grey-silver – and beyond an engraved Sony logo above each earcup, are totally nondescript. These are designed to sound good and feel comfortable to wear – they're not flashy like Beats headphones.

Around the left earcup, you’ll find the only two buttons on the headset. There’s one for Power/Bluetooth and another to cycle the noise cancelation between its three settings: On, Ambient Mode and Off. Down below the buttons you’ll find an auxiliary jack, which is mirrored on the other earcup by a USB Type-C port that’s used to charge the headphones. (You’ll find a USB-to-USB Type-C cable inside the box, alongside a 3.5mm aux cable, two-pronged aux adapter and a hard carrying case.)

What’s missing here, obviously, is playback controls. Sony’s just hidden them on the right earcup in the form of a touch-capacitive covering. To skip forward, you’ll need to swipe right on the right earcup or swipe left to go back. Pausing is done by double-tapping, and resuming is then done the same way. Similarly, turning the volume down requires you to swipe down on the right earcup, and turning it up is done by swiping up. 

It’s a system that takes some getting used to, but once you use it for a week it becomes second nature.


  • Strong noise cancellation
  • Quick Attention Mode
  • aptX and aptX HD support
  • Little difference in audio performance
  • Google Assistant integration
  • Better call quality – but not great

Of course, what you’re buying a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for is their ability to effectively block out noise. In that arena, there were none better than the 1000XM3 until the XM4 came along. 

According to tests done by Sony, the 1000XM3 are four times more effective at canceling noise than the 1000XM2 – an impressive feat considering how well the M2 performed this time last year. 

In practice, that claim definitely held true when confronted with both low-frequencies, like the kind you’d find while riding a train or flying in a plane and in workplace environments where there’s higher frequency noises like people talking or music playing. In nearly every scenario the WH-1000XM3 performed admirably, often reducing noise from a disturbingly loud hum to a more manageable buzz – and sometimes eliminating exterior noise entirely. 

Like their predecessors, the 1000XM3 are able to selectively allow some noises into the headphones as well. With Ambient Noise mode selected, announcements made over train station PA systems can be heard, while Quick Attention Mode allows you to quickly pipe in external audio without taking off the headphones by reducing the volume of the music and using the microphones located on the outside of each earcup. It’s a feature you won’t find on a Bose-branded pair of headphones and one that sets Sony apart from the crowd.

While noise cancellation has enjoyed some solid improvements, audio quality remains similar to what we heard on the 1000XM2… which might have been more of a disappointment if the M2 weren’t such an impressive pair of headphones in their own right.

Like we said last year, these headphones will sound a bit better while using an Android device that supports the aptX HD standard, but even on an iPhone they’re surprisingly great. Mids are straightforward, highs come through crystal clear and bass is weighty and can have some real slam to it. They really shine on a device that supports the LDAC codec – like, for instance, a Sony Walkman – but they’re by no means limited to those devices.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

Image credit: TechRadar

While their audio quality and noise cancelation prowess makes Sony’s latest flagship cans some of the best noise-canceling headphones on the market, they’ll be even better once they receive Google Assistant

[Editor's note: This feature wasn’t available for testing when we wrote this review, but you can now summon Google Assistant with just a tap of the noise cancellation button.]

The last aspect of performance worth analyzing is the 1000XM3’s call quality. In several phone calls made with the headphones, the people we spoke to reported that we sounded clear – if a bit quieter – than if we had used the phone’s built-in microphone. This is likely due to the extra microphones Sony has embedded into the headphones themselves. 

That said, while these headphones are fine for the occasional call or two they’re probably not what you’d want to use if you frequently make phone calls in an office setting – call quality isn’t as pristine on the 1000XM3 as it is on other business-ready headsets.

Battery life

  • 30-hour battery life
  • Quick Charge mode
  • Auto-off mode through the app

So how long will these headphones last on a charge? There are a lot of factors but, after a few days of testing, we found a good benchmark to be around 30 hours or so. Over a period of four days while the headphones were being tested (five hours a day x four days) they didn’t need to be recharged at all, ending the final night at around 30% battery life remaining. 

For comparison, that’s about 10 hours more than the Bose QuietComfort 35 when used wirelessly and 10 hours less than the Bose if used in wired mode. However you slice it, it's still more than enough juice to get you across the Atlantic and back if you’re coming from the West Coast of the United States.

Should you find yourself running low, there’s no need to worry – the 1000XM3 has a “Quick Charge” feature that allows you to get around 5 hours of playback after only 10 minutes of charging. In putting that claim to the test, we went from around 30% battery life to 50% after exactly 10 minutes connected to the wall. Claim verified. 

Should you want your headphones to last a bit longer, you can use the Sony Headphones Connect app to shorten the time it takes for the headphones to go to sleep. The default is 15 minutes, but you can reduce that number down to five minutes if you really want to wring every second of life out of them.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Headphones

Image credit: TechRadar

Final verdict

The XM3 are yet another impressive pair of noise-cancelling headphones from Sony. To wit, the Sony WH-1000XM3 are exactly the headphones we’ve come to expect from the new leader in noise-cancelling headphones.

Even if they’re a bit too close to the XM2s for comfort, they're still among the best headphones you can buy nearly three years after they were released, only being pipped by the Sony WH-1000XM4.

If you want the best-looking and most comfortable headphones, and you're all about audio quality, these are the best headphones you can buy right now.

That being said, you could save some money by picking up the Sony WH-1000XM2 – they’re nearly as good and now even less than they were before thanks to a recent price drop. 

Google Cloud CDN

If you're tired of no-name CDNs who promise the world and fail to deliver, Google Cloud CDN just might appeal. It's hard to beat for name recognition, has one of the best customer lists around - Twitter, PayPal, Etsy, Sky, anyone? - and yet its pricing page quotes a sample site which costs just $44 a month.

Don't be fooled by its affordability, though-- this is a very powerful enterprise CDN. It's well integrated with Google services, but if you want to plug in an external domain, it takes more setup work than many CDNs. Fortunately, Google also has some of the best documentation around to explain the core concepts and how to get started, so if you really need this level of power, it's a good place to begin exploring. 


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There are plenty of incentives to make the effort. Google Cloud CDN's network uses the same servers as Google's own sites, for instance, with 100+ PoPs spread all around the world, in turned peered with all the top ISPs, so you can sure it'll always deliver the best performance. Google's Peering site has more details on the infrastructure, and the full list of locations is here.

The service is hugely configurable, too, with detailed control over cache modes, keys, default expiry times, cookie handling, purging content and more, and support for HTTP/2, QUIC, TLS 1.3 and the smart congestion control algorithm TCP BBR.

As with the initial setup, though, all this power can become intimidating if you're not exactly sure of what you're doing. Most CDNs support redirecting HTTP requests to HTTPS, for instance, and typically it's no more than a single switch in the control panel and a couple of lines in the FAQ. Meanwhile, Google's page on the same topic is more than 1,000 words long. There are good reasons for that - the document is explaining every concept, how to carry it out, how to test and so on - but if your needs are simple, you might be better off elsewhere.


While many CDNs are trying to simplify their pricing, Google's remains complicated, with a number of different elements to consider.

You'll pay when the CDN serves content, for instance, and for requests, but only if they generate a cache lookup (GET and HEAD HTTP methods add to your bill, POST and PUT don't.)

If the lookup doesn't find a cached object, maybe because it's the first request, or just expired, you'll also pay for the cache fill. That's the traffic required to fetch the object from another Google CDN server, or your origin.

What might that fill charge be? Depends on the source of the data and its destination. But that might not always be back to your origin server, as Google will get the data from a closer CDN server if it can.

Transfer prices vary according to region, too, from $0.08 per GB in Europe and North America to $0.20 in China. Oh, and those are the charges for the first 10TB of traffic-- use more, and prices can go as low as $0.02 per GB above 1,000TB.

If all that leaves you with a headache, Google's Pricing Calculator provides a quick way to get a basic estimate of your costs. Take a guess at the bandwidth you'll need, and you'll get an idea of the final figure.

The Google Cloud CDN pricing page quotes the example of a small US website with 500GB traffic in a month, 25GB cache fill and five million cache lookup requests, and that generates a monthly bill of $44.

You could pay a fraction of the price with some of the budget competition - just $5 with Bunny - but Google Cloud is priced similarly to Amazon CloudFront, and around what we would expect for a high-end CDN.

There's a generous free trial, too, with $300 credit to spend over the first 90 days. That could buy you two or more terabytes of free traffic, enough to see how Google Cloud CDN performs on even the busiest websites.

Configure CDN

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Signing up for Google Cloud CDN only took us a moment, as it worked with our existing Google account. The site asked us for card details, but Google says it won't charge this automatically. There's no moving to a paid plan unless you approve it.

Google Cloud Platform's dashboard is scarily complicated, but that's only because it supports so many platforms and services (AWS and Microsoft Azure have the same issue.) The sidebar has 80+ options, for instance, covering everything from databases and machine vision to networking and game servers.

Cloud CDN

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Fortunately, there's also a Search box at the top of the console. Entering CDN got us a link to Google Cloud CDN, and clicking that prompted us to begin creating our CDN setup.

As we've discussed above, this is relatively straightforward if your source is a Google VM or storage bucket, but if you want to accelerate a site hosted elsewhere, it becomes more complicated.

Load Balancer

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With many CDNs, for instance, you can often begin simply by entering your origin server URL. Here, Google first warns you to 'Make sure you have an existing HTTPS load balancer, or create a new HTTPS Load Balancer.' Click the link to do that, and you're warned that you haven't created a backend configuration, host or path rules, or frontend configuration. And so it goes on.


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There's plenty here to confuse even experienced users, but it's not quite as bad as it seems. In many cases you can get by with giving each new resource a name, and accepting the default settings. If your project is more involved, it might mean you spend a morning reading the documentation and figuring out what to do, rather than 15 minutes, but if you need Cloud CDN's power and flexibility, that may not matter very much. Browse the setup tutorials to get an idea of what's involved.


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CDNs are all about speed, and as you'd expect from a company with as much infrastructure as Google, Cloud CDN  is faster than most.

As we write, CDNPerf places the service second out of 20 for average worldwide response times, beaten only by 5centsCDN (and the margin was just one millisecond.)

The service scores even higher is some areas, reaching first place in Africa and South America, and equal first with Verizon (EdgeCast) CDN in North America. Its 8th place in Asia and 12th in Oceania are relatively disappointing, but that's still a great performance overall.

Citrix country-level results use figures taken from millions of real users every day, and they also show positive results, with Google Cloud CDN making equal third place in USA.

That's good news, especially as it's just the start of the story. Raw speeds are important, but the gains you'll see also depend on your CDN's features and how you use them. As we've seen, Google Cloud CDN has far more power than most, and that gives you plenty of scope for even greater site acceleration.

Final verdict

A fast and configurable CDN, ideal for experienced and demanding users who are already invested in Google Cloud Platform, but intimidating for beginners and probably overkill for simple projects.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

iPhone 12 review

Two-minute review

The iPhone 12 is a more expensive phone than 2019's iPhone 11, with Apple adding $100 / £100 to the price; it does, however, bring a number of new features in the shape of an OLED display, a slightly upgraded camera, a new design and – the big hitters – 5G and MagSafe connectivity.

It's also important to note this is just one member of the iPhone 12 family with the company revealing the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max all at the same time.

Starting with the iPhone 12 headliners, 5G brings faster speeds and more robust connectivity to the new iPhone, but as 5G networks aren't yet fully deployed around the world, coverage is still a bit patchy. When it works, it's incredibly fast – we easily managed 200Mbps on the go – but there are still too many places, even in big cities, where it's hard to get full coverage.

That said, given that many are holding onto their phones for three or four years nowadays, this is a feature that will only become more useful over time – the iPhone 12 can connect to a huge range of 5G frequencies too, meaning that if there’s a 5G signal where you are you should be able to connect to it, whether on sub-6 or mmWave networks.

The new (to iPhones) MagSafe connector on the rear of the iPhone 12 is a really interesting proposition – this magnetic connection tech not only enables you to attach things to your phone, such as a charger or a case, but can also tell what's been connected through a special chip.

MagSafe enables faster and more accurate charging, which is neat in itself – but the magnetic connection opens the door to a new range of accessories (like a wallet clip-on or camera mount) but, just as 5G will become more useful over time, we're pretty certain that the MagSafe accessory range is going to expand massively as third-party manufacturers get their hands on the technology.

That means we could see some cool clip-on accessories like games controllers, photo printers and huge extra batteries coming soon. If these MagSafe mounts turning your iPhone 12 into a proper camera are anything to go by, the sky's the limit. 

The performance of the iPhone 12 has been upgraded once again: the A14 Bionic chipset is the most powerful in any smartphone, and the benchmarks bear that out as it annihilates the competition - and weirdly, doesn't get outperformed by the theoretically more powerful iPhone 12 Pro. 

The decision to start with 64GB inside is stingy though, and you might start butting up against that barrier in the not-too-distant future if you like taking photos and videos at full resolution.

iPhone 12

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The iPhone 12 design has been tweaked, with squared-off edges that are highly reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 from yesteryear, and a new Ceramic Shield front that’s allegedly four times harder to shatter than the iPhone 11 (not that we were willing to drop-test our early review sample).

The display has been upgraded too: it’s now an OLED screen, the same tech that’s used on the iPhone 12 Pro, and offers rich colors and deep blacks, as well as bringing true HDR to the mix for compatible content. It sounds like a small thing, but perhaps the slick 120Hz display tech would have been a boon here too; however, you are still getting a sharp and colorful viewing experience on the iPhone 12.

Cameras-wise, you're again getting the 12MP duo of the wide and ultra-wide cameras here. The former is even better in low-light this year, and both can now be used with Night Mode. This feature can improve your snaps in a way that’s genuinely staggering; however, it's also available on the iPhone 11, and we would have liked to have seen it upgraded in 2020.

The video capabilities, including the ability to record in Dolby Vision in 4K, sound impressive, but for most this will be a rarely-used feature. That said, the output is strong to look at and something you'd be keen to share.

Battery life is only average on the new iPhone 12; with heavier use your phone should see you through most of a day – around 17-18 hours at a push. Lighter usage will see you easily sail through to the night, but it's not quite as good as last year's model.

The iPhone 12 feels like it's packed with potential – but Apple is relying on others to make it a success to a large extent. We need to see wider deployment of 5G, and others need to get on board with MagSafe accessories quickly, to really make the new phone an appealing buy. Those things aside, and while the upgrades to the display and design are nifty, the iPhone 12 doesn’t feel massively different to the iPhone 11– and doesn't feel like it outperforms its higher price tag in the same way that phone did.

iPhone 12 release date and price

  • iPhone 12 is out now around the world 
  • Price starts at $799 / £799 / AU$1,349
  • Price jumps to $949 / £949 /AU$1599 for 256GB of storage

The iPhone 12 release date was October 23, 2020, so the phone is now out and you're able to buy it directly from Apple as well as a variety of retailers. The phone's sibling - the iPhone 12 mini - wasn't available until a few months later, but that's now readily available to buy.

The iPhone 12 price starts at $799 / £799 / AU$1,349, which is $100 / £70 / AU$150 more than the iPhone 11 range. That’s likely due in part to the cost of adding in a 5G modem, but also because the iPhone 12 mini is grabbing that iPhone 11 price point, starting from $699 / £699 / AU$1,199. 

Remember too that you’re only getting the 64GB version of the phone at that starting price, and that’s pretty stingy as a base level of storage in 2020. What will the phone cost in your market? We have the iPhone 12 prices for the US, UK and Australia below.

Region 64GB 128GB 256GB
US $799 $849 $949
UK £799 £849 £949
AU AU$1,349 AU$1,429 AU$1,599

In the US, you'll be able to get the device on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Note that, in the US, the $799 price is only when you buy the phone SIM-free from those networks – if you want to just buy it unlocked, it’ll cost an extra $30.

Those in the UK are able to buy from EE, Vodafone, O2, Three and a variety of other networks. In Australia, Vodafone, Optus and Telstra all stock the iPhone 12.


  • Revamped design that feels reminiscent of the iPhone 4
  • New Ceramic Shield should ensure the phone is stronger
  • IP68 water and dust resistant, so it's built to withstand water

What does ‘elevated’ mean to you? If one were to say, the design of something is elevated, would that mean the sides of it were now flat and more ‘industrial’-looking? 

Well, if your answer is yes, then you already get the design ethos behind the new iPhone 12. While it’s similar in size and shape to 2019’s iPhone 11 (and actually a few millimeters shorter and thinner), the main difference is to those edges, which are a sharp 90-degree angle rather than the convex, curved sides of the previous iteration.

The iPhone 12 feels sharper to hold in the hand as a result, with the edges of the phone not resting as snugly in your palms, and we certainly wouldn't call it comfortable after a couple of weeks of using it. 

iPhone 12 review

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If you’ve had iPhones for a fair few years you’ll instantly be reminded of the feeling of using an iPhone 4 or 5, both of which had similarly squared sides, but the larger phone does push it into the hands a touch more.

It’s an interesting design change from Apple, and one wonders if it’s been done to enable a stronger 5G signal (there is a small gap for the mmWave version in the US). 

It’s also designed to make the rear of the phone twice as likely to survive a drop, even though it’s using the same glass as on the iPhone 11.

The front of the iPhone 12 features a new Ceramic Shield to further protect it from shattering, with Apple claiming it’s four times less likely to break in a drop, so Apple is going big on durability this year. 

A number of drop tests have emerged from around the web testing this new idea, and most show what you might expect: the front glass is stronger than the rear (which appears to crack first when dropped from around head height) and the front screen does indeed seem to be more durable. 

We haven't performed any drop tests on our units - mostly because we need them to keep reviewing throughout the year - but it seems clear there's an improvement with the new material on the front of the iPhone 12.

None of the above means you can now do without a case or screen protector, as the iPhone 12 isn’t claimed to be unbreakable or unscratchable. Four times less likely to shatter means it can still crack from the ‘right’ (or repeated) drop, and the front display can still get scratched over time if you place it with sharp objects in a pocket, as we found with the iPhone 12 Pro – so if you want to keep your iPhone safe and looking pristine, put a case and/or screen protector on it.

If you’re someone who likes the feel of a ‘naked’ phone, then you’re still going to be running the risk of breakages, albeit a reduced one.

iPhone 12

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The IP68 rating has been enhanced in 2020, allowing the iPhone 12 to be submerged down to six meters for 30 minutes before things start to get wet inside – more realistically, this means that general, day-to-day water damage is less likely to occur.

One of the most contentious changes with the iPhone 12 doesn’t revolve around the phone itself, but what comes with it. The charging block and EarPods have been omitted from the box, with Apple highlighting the environmental benefits of not cluttering the drawers of millions of people around the world with things they already have (as well as the shipping efficiencies resulting from the boxes being slimmer).

“As part of our efforts to reach our environmental goals, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini do not include a power adapter or EarPods. Please use your current Apple power adapter and headphones or purchase these accessories separately.”

This is what’s listed on the new iPhone page - and it would make sense, save for the ‘current’ Apple power adapter. 

As Apple is including a Lightning to USB-C cable, not the Lightning to USB-A connection (USB-A being that ‘stereotypical’ USB connection over the years) the ‘current’ adapter many have won’t be right, so you’ll need to use an old Lightning cable and charger if you buy the new iPhone 12 (which means slower charging) – and if this is your first iPhone, you’ll almost certainly need to pay the extra $19/£19/AU$29 for a charging block you can use.


  • A 6.1-inch display that is clear and crisp
  • Better quality display than the iPhone 11
  • Standard 60Hz refresh rate, unlike a lot of Android alternatives

The iPhone 12’s display is a big step forward for a phone of this price – while last year Apple decided that fancy, high-contrast OLED displays were only for those willing to shell out for the Pro, this year the Super Retina XDR Display has been brought to the cheaper iPhone 12.

The difference is noticeable, especially when it comes to viewing photos, videos and movies encoded in HDR. 

You might not see that much of a difference when just scrolling around the web, but, whether it’s looking at artistic photos on Twitter, sampling HDR content from iTunes or just improving the look of Netflix, the OLED upgrade brings a big jump in image quality.

Day to day it means you’ll have more moments where quality content will really pop out at you. For instance, while many people won’t have access to HDR Netflix on their phone (thanks to it being locked to the most expensive subscription tier) images even in ‘normal’ mode are vibrant, rich and (if you’re viewing the same nature videos we were) startling.

iPhone 12

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The iPhone 12 has 2532 x 1170 pixel resolution, and the display is sharp and clear and viewable at all angles. The bezels are thinner (although the squared design of the phone means they still look a little thick), and this allows the iPhone 12 to be a little shorter and narrower than 2019’s version, while retaining the 6.1-inch display.

While in the past it’s been easy to criticize Apple for not putting the best display technology in its phones, there’s very little to fault about the new iPhone 12’s screen. 

Adding in 120Hz, a faster screen refresh rate that makes for more fluid scrolling on the new iPads, as well as on some Android flagships, would add a level of gloss to interacting with the new iPhone, but otherwise the sharpness, color reproduction and HDR levels look to be pretty good across the board.

According to our testing, the iPhone 12 has a slightly lower brightness than the iPhone 12 Pro - while they've got the same peak screen brightness when showing HDR content, the day-to-day view is slightly darker. Well, we rarely noticed much difference at all side by side, but being less bright will offer slightly better battery life over time, and we found everything visible even in bright sunlight.

The only real question we have here is whether you’ll want HDR on a phone screen – yes, the color reproduction and contrast ratios (the difference between the brightest and the darkest points) is excellent, but in HDR mode some detail can get lost in the ‘majesty’ of the display. 

This notion is subjective, and minor in terms of how you’ll use the phone - but it’s worth being aware of if you’re enticed by the notion of HDR on a mobile.

5G vs MagSafe – which is the best new feature?

  • Future-proof with 5G connectivity
  • Although 5G isn't useful for everyone right now
  • New MagSafe tech brings a variety of new accessories and uses

While we’re going to go into the more nuanced upgrades in the new iPhone 12 later in this review, there are two key changes for this year’s model that will likely attract your attention.

The bad news is that neither are likely to feel hugely impressive if you buy the new iPhone close to launch.

The headline feature for the iPhone 12 is that it now supports 5G, and with more compatibility to connect to the speedy 5G networks than many other phones, including the lightning-fast, but limited-range, mmW (millimeter wave) standard in the US... when they’re deployed.

iPhone 12

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The idea of being able to browse almost instantaneously, download faster and stream in higher quality sounds appealing - but the issue right now is that you can’t access 5G easily outside of large cities – and even then, it’s not complete coverage.

Also, 4G speeds on our current phones are still fast enough for most of us, thanks very much. The experience of streaming Netflix and Spotify is perfectly acceptable, and making things that much faster feels more like a curious luxury than a must-have feature right now. Need for speed? More of a ‘yeah, it’d be alright’ notion for motion.

It’s not easy to add 5G connectivity to a smartphone design – the components are more expensive, and space in the chassis is at a premium.

iPhone 12 specs

Weight: 164g
Dimensions: 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.4mm
Display size: 6.1-inch
Resolution: 1170 x 2532
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Pixel density: 460ppi
Chipset: A14 Bionic
Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB
Rear cameras: 12MP + 12MP
Front camera: 12MP
Battery: N/A

But while the addition of 5G into the iPhone range might not feel entirely necessary right now, it’s not superfluous by any stretch of the imagination. Firstly, the 5G speeds you can reach when you do make a connection are mind-blowing… we clocked 200Mbps with ease on a train at one point (on the EE network in London, UK), and we downloaded a 110MB audiobook in half a minute, where a 4G connection was struggling at a much lower rate. It's not blindingly fast (around 30Mbps) but it's an improvement over 4G.

We also found that coverage of signal is improving – relying on 5G, we were able to send and receive messages on a portion of our regular train journey that previously was a blackspot for all data. Whether that’s thanks to networks increasing their 5G coverage, or the iPhone’s increased band sensitivity, we’re not sure – but the results were good.

If you think the 5G advantage is all about speed though, you’d be wrong. In one test we had one iPhone connected to 4G in central London, and tried to connect to Spotify to stream some music while on a run. Would it connect? Nope.

We switched to 5G on our iPhone 12, and were able to instantly connect and stream without issue. Now, that’s partly because there are fewer people on this nascent network, but also because 5G allows for multiple connections with less slowdown. 

So you can imagine that (when it’s allowed) using 5G at a football game or packed concert will see an end to those occasions where you want to use your phone but data just won’t filter through.

But right now we’re still some way away from that – there needs to be a wider deployment of 5G around the world in order for the superfast dream to be truly realized. 


While 5G might be the headline spec for many people looking at the new iPhone 12, there’s something else added to 2020’s iPhone that actually has us a little more excited.

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It’s MagSafe, the same magnetic, snap-on technology that Apple has previously used on MacBooks to connect the power adapter. Here, the magnets are arranged in a circle under the rear case of the iPhone, enabling the introduction of a range of new accessories that simply click onto the back of the iPhone 12 handsets.

These MagSafe accessories have a small chip inside them that the iPhone is able to read, so it can register what they’re supposed to do. While at launch this feature is limited to cases and a charger from Apple, these accessories are an upgrade on previous years, and when third parties get involved we could start seeing some real innovation with the iPhone that other brands, with less scale, just couldn’t match.

There have been attempts in the past to bring magnetically-attached accessories to smartphones, notably by Essential and Motorola. Motorola’s Moto Mods, in particular, were hugely impressive – being able to clip a game controller, battery pack, speaker or even 5G modem to your phone was a brilliant idea. 

But with Motorola’s phones not seeing the widespread adoption the iPhone enjoys, there wasn’t the takeup from third-party accessory makers that this cool idea deserved, and the feature has been quietly discontinued.

But a look at what was achieved with Moto Mods gives us an idea of what we can hope to see from MagSafe: there was a snap-on games controller, a mini projector, an instant photo printer, and a whole new Hasselblad camera accessory that added a huge sensor to your phone.

If we saw such innovation with the Motorola range, imagine what will happen with a similar system that’s on some of the world’s most popular phones.

At launch though, you’re just getting a MagSafe charger from Apple, as well as some cases and snap-on accessories. The charger is neat in that it enables 15W fast wireless charging – that’s twice as powerful as on the iPhone 11. 

By ensuring that the charger clicks precisely into place (and boy, it clips firmly), with confirmation through the chip that the charger is safe, Apple has upped the power – when wirelessly charging older iPhones we’ve sometimes woken in the morning to find that our wireless charger had slipped a little when we placed our phone on it, and the phone is nearly out of battery, and that’ll be a thing of the past with the iPhone 12 and MagSafe.

The MagSafe cases are a nice idea – the new iPhone can recognize the color of the case placed on it through that chip, and the screen will glow with the same hue. And while these new cases are £10 / $10 more than Apple’s standard cases, they do bring another advantage: you can charge the iPhone 12 through your case. 

For many, that will be a huge plus – having to take a case off a phone every night is a hassle, and eventually it can cause you to just leave it off permanently, which reduces the protection for your shiny new phone.


  • Similar tech to 2019's iPhone 11, but it improves a few aspects
  • Rear camera features two 12MP shooters
  • Front sensor is a 12MP selfie camera too

iPhone 12 camera

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The camera setup on the iPhone 12 doesn’t appear to be much of an upgrade when you just look at the sensors – there's still the same wide camera (which most would call the regular sensor), and the ultra-wide snapper that allows you to zoom out when you want to get more scenery, or more people, in the frame.

The overall capability of these sensors has been improved though, with the wide 12MP sensor now coupled with an f/1.6 aperture for what Apple says is improved low light photography compared with 2019's iPhone 11.

The results do bear out the claim – low light performance is improved a touch, for brighter shots with more detail.

The main thing that impressed us with the iPhone 11 last year was Night Mode, and it's back with the iPhone 12 – plus you can now use it with both the wide and the ultrawide sensor too.

Night Mode can detect when light levels are dropping, and you’ll be prompted to hold your phone still for up to 15 seconds, depending on the conditions, to brighten the photo through computational understanding over the exposure of the image.

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The results are genuinely startling, with shots taken in complete darkness looking as clear as day – literally. You need to get your framing right and keep the camera very still, though; you’ll find that a degree of blur will creep in if you jiggle the camera too much during the exposure.

However, for the most part, and even with a small amount of motion from time to time, Night Mode brings a level of detail to night scenes that you would have scarcely thought possible.

It definitely works best with the ‘main’ wide sensor though – while in our tests while we found that both could capture some shockingly bright images, Night Mode with the ultra-wide sensor produced more ‘muddy’ pics, which makes sense given it’s not as adept at shooting in low light.

While Night Mode can be startling in its ability to brighten an almost pitch-black scene, though, we would have liked to see more of an upgrade this year. Rather than using it on the ultra-wide sensor, making the process speedier and sharpening the  results would have been better to see.

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This is with Night Mode turned off

This is with Night Mode turned off (Image credit: TechRadar)
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At 'auto' levels (three seconds here)

At 'auto' levels (three seconds here) (Image credit: TechRadar)
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And at the full 10 second capture

And at the full 10 second capture (Image credit: TechRadar)

Yes, we’re being rather picky here, but given that Night Mode needs a high degree of patience to make work, it would have been nice to see this feature just made easier to use.

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Images can still turn out really muddy...

Images can still turn out really muddy... (Image credit: TechRadar)
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... but when you consider the image it's coming from, it's not that bad.

... but when you consider the image it's coming from, it's not that bad. (Image credit: TechRadar)

The iPhone 12 does pack another upgrade in the form of the new Smart HDR 3 tech, which is more capable of reading particular scenes – such as those with an abundance of sky – and tweaking the photos to look their best by perhaps highlighting features in the foreground, or lightening certain areas of the scene. 

Combined with the main camera’s f/1.6 aperture, it does result in some brilliant snaps, especially in mixed lighting or color conditions.

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This is the iPhone 12 wide-angle lens

This is the iPhone 12 wide-angle lens (Image credit: TechRadar)
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And the same picture with ultra-wide lens - a lot more information in, and distortion around the edges looks better than last year

And the same picture with ultra-wide lens - a lot more information in, and distortion around the edges looks better than last year (Image credit: TechRadar)

What’s cool is that you can see the iPhone upgrading and enhancing photos as you’re taking them, brightening and sharpening your otherwise fairly standard snaps, using the Deep Fusion capabilities in the iPhone to enhance the image, pixel by pixel (according to Apple). It’s quite heavy processing, but it does really make your photos sparkle. 

We were impressed with the level of detail captured in some pictures, without impacting color and sharpness of the image (even if it does feel a little slow for ‘the world’s most powerful chip in a smartphone’). 

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iPhone 12 camera

You can tweak the settings and get some nice effects in the Photos app (Image credit: TechRadar)
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iPhone 12 camera

Night pictures are hard to capture, but can still look good with perserverence (Image credit: TechRadar)
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iPhone 12 camera

This strongly-backlit scene still shows good detail, although it is a little dark in places (Image credit: TechRadar)
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iPhone 12 camera

The Smart HDR really pulled out the sky tones here - you could see it enhancing as the photo was taken (Image credit: TechRadar)
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iPhone 12 camera

This is the 'natural' scene, with sharpness clear. (Image credit: TechRadar)
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iPhone 12 camera

Adding a filter makes it 16:9 when exported, but is a powerful and easy enhancement (Image credit: TechRadar)
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iPhone 12 camera

This is the default, no-filter image (Image credit: TechRadar)
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iPhone 12 camera

This is with 'Vivid Warm' added (Image credit: TechRadar)
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The level of foreground detail here is impressive, given the strong backlight. (Image credit: TechRadar)

The front-facing camera has been given an upgrade, with the 12MP sensor now essentially functioning in a similar way to the rear ultra-wide sensor. The f/2.2 aperture could be a touch faster in our eyes, as night shots sometimes proved harder to take, but at least you can use Night Mode on the front-facing camera too.

Some of the selfies we snapped were pretty good, but some of the lower-light efforts looked grainy or washed out if we didn’t use the front-facing Retina flash to brighten things. That said, the portrait mode photos in low light were probably the most impressive of the bunch.

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iPhone 12 camera

The selfie camera has been upgraded again, and the main thing for us is the portrair mode appears more accurate (Image credit: TechRadar)
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With auto night mode activated

With auto night mode activated (Image credit: TechRadar)
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With max night mode used - this one especially impressed

With max night mode used - this one especially impressed (Image credit: TechRadar)
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This is how dark the scene was without any enhancement - grainy and low light.

This is how dark the scene was without any enhancement - grainy and low light. (Image credit: TechRadar)

The portrait mode on the front-facing camera seems to be more effective at finding the edges of hair this year – we didn’t spot any examples where the iPhone 12’s attempts to blur the background yielded a foggy mess around the subject.

If you're a fan of video, that's also been into the shop and given a performance boost. Apple has made a huge deal about the fact that its iPhone 12 range can record video in Dolby Vision on the fly, and can also process it before displaying it in HDR (high dynamic range) quality on the display.

We had a good play with the video quality in different scenarios – and our main takeaway is that Dolby Vision isn't going to be a key reason for many 'normal' folk to buy the iPhone 12.

The HDR-improved results are clearer and more colorful when viewed side-by-side with their non-HDR counterparts, but the difference isn’t that marked. 

You're also only able to record at 30fps in 4K, so if you want to make the most of Dolby Vision you'll be better off plumping for the iPhone 12 Pro or Pro Max, which can handle it at up to 60fps, resulting in more buttery-smooth video for your home-made (or professionally-made) movies.

With the iPhone 12 camera, you're left with a sense that Apple has done enough – by improving the sensor on the iPhone 12 a little here and there, the photographic results are a little more impressive, with the Night Mode upgrades in particular doing their job well.

But you might not notice a massive difference in the quality levels between the iPhone 11 and 12 (if you're trying to choose between those two models, for instance); you'll get good-looking, colorful snaps, but it's the iPhone 12 Pro (and especially the 12 Pro Max) that have Apple’s best cameras right now.

Battery life

  • Improved battery life when compared to the iPhone 11
  • A14 Bionic chipset seems more optimized in our testing

It looks like Apple is continuing its trend of making sure the standard iPhone is packing good longevity, with the iPhone 12 seeing improvements to battery life that mean fewer trips to the charger.

Apple's clearly done some work here to ensure that things aren’t quite so, well, dire when it comes to power management, and in our time with the iPhone 12 we found that it lasted well enough on a full charge, especially compared to iPhones of a few years ago. That said, it’s not another leap forward in battery life - it’s comparable to the iPhone 11 at best, and maybe a tiny bit worse.

For instance, we found that we had well over 50% left in the tank when going to bed one night, and that wasn't on a particularly low-use day; however, when you add in moving around, switching between 4G and 5G networks (which a lot of us will do in the short term, at least), and turning on the phone more regularly when on the go, that battery life dropped to around 16-18 hours between charges on a high-use day.

iPhone 12

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It's odd that Apple has reduced the video playback stamina on the iPhone 12 – stating that it will last 17 hours, rather than the 18 hours offered by the iPhone 11.

In our video rundown test, playing a Full HD video for 90 minutes on loop, we found that the iPhone 12 only lost 8% of its battery, which is up there with some of the best battery life we've seen from an iPhone – but in day to day use we’re not seeing huge performance gains in terms of battery life.

In our lab tests, we certainly saw that the iPhone 12 battery life is compromised by the addition of 5G, lasting around 15-20% less time on the faster network in our rundown test. The latest iFixit teardown test also found that the new iPhone design has has to shrink the battery to make way for that 5G modem - so that addition of 5G has come at a fairly hefty cost to the longevity of the iPhone 12.

The A14 Bionic chipset at the heart of the new iPhone is promised to be more power-efficient than ever, while still achieving some of the best performance stats of any phone on the market.

The improvements to the build of Apple's engine have clearly contributed to maintaining battery life year on year, with the 5nm fabrication process used to create the chipset meaning the transistors are closer together and require less energy to function, so Apple could therefore (potentially) decrease the battery size and still maintain an adequate battery performance.

If you’re going to be heavily using the iPhone 12, as in playing games and browsing the web – so basically firing up the screen and sucking down data, you’ll likely get between seven and 10 hours of use before needing to reach for the charger, which isn’t a terrible result for modern iPhones (although we still long for the day when there’s an easy 24 hours’ use no matter what task you’re running the iPhone through, as many other phones can manage).

It’s not as long-lasting as the competition (as ever), but most iPhone users won’t notice a significant issue when it comes to battery life – it’s on a par with iPhones of 2-3 years ago, although not with the longevity of the iPhone XR and iPhone 11.

There’s also the fact that we’re living in a different world right now, one where we’re spending more time at home and aren’t commuting into our places of work, where we’d usually heavily use the iPhone 12. 

iPhone 12

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Therefore we’re taking fewer photos, listening to less music on the go, and firing up the motion sensor inside the iPhone less, which is going to have an effect on the battery life too.

When it comes to charging, we'll repeat what we said earlier: you're going to (probably) need to buy a charger for your new iPhone. The cable that comes with the iPhone 12 is USB-C to Lightning, which means you probably won't have a charging block that works with it.

It’s a really odd decision by Apple to switch its phones to USB-C cables before rolling out the necessary charging block. It’s a good thing to have a USB-C cable, because you’ll get faster charging to your iPhone, but only if you’ve got the right charging block, and are willing to pay $19 / £19 / AU$29 for the privilege. 

We tested the charging speeds on the MagSafe charger (using an 18W Anker PowerPort Atom PD 1 charger, as we didn’t have access to Apple’s 20W model), and it charged the iPhone 12 to 100% in 160 mins.

After 20 mins the phone was at 28%, and it was half full after an hour, so while a MagSafe charger is good to have on the desk or bedside table for longer charging periods it’s still definitely worth having the Lightning to USB-C cable handy – both that and the MagSafe will plug into the same charging block (as the MagSafe charger also uses USB-C) so you’ll be able to juice up quicker with a physical connection.

Should you buy the iPhone 12?

iPhone 12

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Buy it if...

You need a larger screen

The iPhone 12 mini is cheaper, but if you want more screen real estate to see more of the action on your display, this is the model to go for.

You just want something new

The new design might hark back to the older models, but the extra screen makes this feel like an all-new phone (which, to be fair, it is).

You like watching movies

If you’re a Netflix, Prime Video or general movie fan, then the OLED display on the iPhone 12 will be an enjoyable experience.

Don’t buy it if...

You want to make movies

The iPhone 12 is fine for home videos, but if you’re a pro content creator then the extra quality the iPhone 12 Pro offers may be more your style.

You don’t feel your hands are big enough

If you think the iPhone 12 will be a stretch for your hands, the 12 mini is probably going to be your weapon of choice – you get all the above, but in a smaller and cheaper package.

You want excellent battery life

There are plenty of other phones out there that offer better battery life – maybe go for the cheaper iPhone 11, or consider (whisper it) heading to the Android dark side.

First reviewed: October 2020


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